THE CARAVAN
This section of the website is dedicated to general information about the Cessna Caravan. From its history, to delivery numbers, to mods and conversions, this is the page!

Names and Designations
- 208: Cessna model designation
- 208A: designation of the cargo-only variant of the 208
- 208B: designation of the stretched version of the original 208
- 675: designation of the 208 with the higher horsepower PT6A-114A
- C-98: Brazilian Air Force designation for the 208
- C-98A: Brazilian Air Force designation for the 208B
- Caravan: the current name for the 208-family of aircraft
- Caravan I: the original name for the 208-family of aircraft
- Cargomaster: the name for the cargo-only variant of the 208
- Grand Caravan: the name for the passenger variant of the 208B
- Grand Caravan EX: the name for the passenger variant of the 208B powered by the higher horsepower PT6A-140
- Super Cargomaster: the name for the cargo-only varient of the 208B
- U-27A: United States Department of Defense designation of the 208 series


Dimensions - Cessna 208 Caravan
- Wingspan: 52 ft 1 in (15.9 m)
- Wing Area: 279 sq ft (25.96 sq m)
- Length: 37 ft 7 in (11.5 m)
- Height: 14 ft 10 in (4.5 m)

Dimensions - Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX
- Wingspan: 52 ft 1 in (15.9 m)
- Wing Area: 279 sq ft (25.96 sq m)
- Length: 41 ft 7 in (12.7 m)
- Height: 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)

Dimension data taken from https://cessna.txtav.com/ on December 6, 2023


Conversions
- Aero Twin 850 Caravan: 208 re-engined with a Honeywell TPE331-12JR-701S, flat-rated from 1060 shp to 850 shp
- Aero Twin 950 Grand Caravan: 208B re-engined with a Honeywell TPE331-12JR-703AT
- Blackhawk XP42A (now called VY): re-engined with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A, rated at 850 shp
- Blackhawk XP140: re-engined with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140, rated at 867 shp
- eCaravan: an all-electric conversion by magniX and AeroTEC, powered by the magni500 motor rated at 750 hp
- Eco Caravan: hybrid-electric conversion by Ampaire
- Hot Wings: a one-off conversion by Arctic Aerospace with a Walter turbine engine and a highly modified wing
- Soloy Pathfinder 21: a one-off conversion by Soloy in the 1990's which replaced the engine with a twin-engine, single propellor Dual Pac, comprised of two Pratt & Whitney PT6D-114A engines. The airframe was stretched by about 6 feet. Only one prototype was completed.
- Texas Turbine Supervan 900: re-engined with a Honeywell TPE331-10/-12, flat-rated to 900 shp


Timeline
1981
- the Caravan project begins on November 20th
1982
- the Caravan prototype makes its first flight on December 9th
1984
- the 208 Caravan receives its type certificate from the FAA on October 23rd
1985
- Caravan deliveries begin on February 25th
- the Caravan is certified on amphibious floats
1986
- the 208B Super Cargomaster is certified by the FAA on October 9th
1989
- the 208B Grand Caravan receives its FAA certification on December 13th
1990
- delivery of the first production 208B Grand Caravan
1998
- Cessna begins deliveries of the 208 Caravan with the 675hp PT6A-114A
- Cessna delivers the 1,000th Caravan in October
1999
- Cessna delivers 87 Caravans in 1999: 20 208's and 67 208B's
2000
- Cessna delivers 92 Caravans in 2000: 16 208's and 76 208B's
2001
- Cessna delivers 75 Caravans in 2001: 19 208's and 56 208B's
2002
- Cessna delivers 80 Caravans in 2002: 14 208's and 66 208B's
2003
- Cessna delivers 57 Caravans in 2003: 8 208's and 49 208B's
2004
- Cessna delivers 64 Caravans in 2004: 13 208's and 51 208B's
2005
- Cessna delivers the 1,500th Caravan
- Cessna delivers 86 Caravans in 2005: 11 208's and 75 208B's
2006
- Cessna delivers 67 Caravans in 2006: 8 208's and 59 208B's
2007
- Cessna delivers 79 Caravans in 2007: 11 208's and 68 208B's
2008
- Cessna makes the Garmin G1000 standard equipment
- Cessna offers an option for TKS ice protection
- Cessna delivers 101 Caravans in 2008: 12 208's and 89 208B's
2009
- Cessna delivers 97 Caravans in 2009: 12 208's and 85 208B's
2010
- Cessna delivers the 2,000th Caravan on September 15th
- Cessna delivers 95 Caravans in 2010: 8 208's and 87 208B's
2011
- Cessna delivers 93 Caravans in 2011: 10 208's and 83 208B's
2012
- the 208B Grand Caravan EX is certified by the FAA on December 21, 2012
- Cessna delivers 107 Caravans in 2012: 11 208's and 96 208B's
2013
- the Grand Caravan EX Amphibian receives its FAA certificate and deliveries begin
- Cessna delivers 105 Caravans in 2013: 11 208's and 94 208B's
2014
- Cessna delivers the 100th Grand Caravan EX
- Textron delivers 94 Caravans in 2014: 13 208's and 81 208B's
2015
- the Caravan type certificate is transferred from Cessna to Textron
- Textron delivers the 2,500th Caravan on September 22nd
- Textron delivers 102 Caravans in 2015: 9 208's and 93 208B's
2016
- Textron announces Caravan production will move from Wichita to Independence, Kansas
- Textron delivers 84 Caravans in 2016: 13 208's and 71 208B's
2017
- Textron delivers 69 Caravans in 2017: 10 208's and 59 208B's
2018
- Textron delivers 92 Caravans in 2018: 13 208's and 79 208B's
2019
- Textron delivers the 500th Cessna Grand Caravan EX
- Textron delivers 83 Caravans in 2019: 12 208's and 71 208B's
2020
- the Magnix/AeroTEC eCaravan makes its first flight on May 29th from Moses Lake, Washington
- Textron delivers 51 Caravans in 2020: 8 208's and 43 208B's
2021
- Xwing makes an autonomous gate-to-gate test flight in a modified Caravan on February 21st
- Reliable Robotics makes a remotely piloted flight in a modified Caravan
- Textron delivers 54 Caravans in 2021: 12 208's and 42 208B's
2022
- Textron builds the 3,000th Caravan
- Textron delivers 71 Caravans in 2022: 11 208's and 60 208B's
2023
- Textron delivers 19 Caravans in Q1: 2 208's and 17 208B's
- Textron delivers 21 Caravans in Q2: 2 208's and 19 208B's
- Textron delivers 14 Caravans in Q3: 2 208's and 12 208B's
- Textron delivers 25 Caravans in Q4:
- Textron delivers a total of 79 Caravans in 2023